Diamond Jubilee: Weather Forecast Update

  • Much of England and Wales will be grey, cool and wet on Sunday. Scotland and Northern Ireland will fair better, with just a few light showers. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Archive.

    The Royal Barge will be the star show of the flotilla. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be joined on board by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Photo: Jamie Wiseman/PA Wire.

    Gazebos may be required for the picnic in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, with rain gradually fizzling out in the afternoon. Photo: Jonathan Buckmaster/Daily Express/Rota/PA.

    The Red Arrows will be performing a fly-past of Buckingham Palace at 15.30 BST on Tuesday. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

  • Diamond Jubilee: Weather Forecast Update
    02.06.2012 12:45

    The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations are now underway, with today seeing Her Royal Highness attending the 233rd Epsom Derby. The rather grey skies are a far cry from last weekend’s wall-to-wall sunshine, with unsettled conditions likely to prevail over the next few days.

    However, the gloomy forecast is unlikely to deter what will surely be a quintessentially British celebration, with Union Flags on show on nearly every street corner, as well as miles upon miles of bunting. Numerous Jubilee lunches are set to take place over the extended Bank Holiday break, but gazebos and brollies are also expected to be out in force.

    A busy schedule is expected for London, but what exactly does the weather have in store?


    The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Over 1,000 boats, including the Royal Barge carrying the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, are set to sail from Battersea to Tower Bridge from 14.00 BST. Conditions are expected to be overcast with spells of rain, although there will be a few drier interludes. Temperatures will be decidedly cool for the time of year, with a maximum of just 12C.

    The Big Jubilee Lunch. Elsewhere in the UK, millions of people will be holding their own festivities in celebration of Queen and country. Unfortunately, rain is expected to affect much of England and Wales, with just Cumbria and Northumbria escaping with a few showers. Scotland and Northern Ireland will also fair better with just a few light showers forecast, but it will feel unseasonably cool.


    Picnic at Buckingham Palace. 10,000 members of the public are invited to the event in central London at 15.00 BST. The indications are that after a wet morning, rain will tend to fizzle out during the afternoon, although the ground will more than likely remain damp.

    BBC concert. Artists include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Jessie J, Madness and Jools Holland. The concert, which kicks off from 19.30 BST, should be largely dry with a few breaks in the cloud developing.

    Beacon Launch.Thousands of beacons are to be released from 22.30 BST, including from the four highest peaks in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most places are expected to dry, with the best of any clear skies across northern parts of the UK.


    Carriage procession down The Mall at 14.20 BST, followed by an appearance by the Royals on the balcony at Buckingham Palace at 15.30 BST for the RAF fly-past. It should remain dry in London during the afternoon with some sunshine around making for a pleasant change from the previous few days, although it will become increasingly hazy during the afternoon.

    Remember to keep up to date with the latest forecast via MeteoGroup’s dedicated Diamond Jubilee page. Also check out any rain in real time at http://www.raintoday.co.uk

    By: Nick Prebble